Halloween can be a fun day of costumes, trick-or-treating, parties and treats. It can also be dark, used as the theme for horror movies. Whether good or bad or somewhere in-between, the holiday can be inspiring for some people, including influencing some plays and musicals. These Halloween-themed stage performances are the best in Washington, D.C. Also, check out these past performances in the article Best Halloween-themed shows in Washington, D.C.

Halloween allows children and adults to use their creativity to be whoever they want to be for a day. You can do that every day, of course, but Halloween is the official day for it. There is also a dark side to the holiday, which has spawned numerous horror movies. Explore all the holiday’s sides this season with these staged shows.

Raven’s Night: Supernatural
3701 Mt Vernon Ave.
Alexandria, VA 22305
(703) 549-7500

The Fourth Annual Raven’s Night is shaping up to be the most entertaining Halloween event in Washington, D.C. This year’s theme is “supernatural,” adding even more spooky to the Halloween theme. The event is broken into three parts, a World’s Fair type pre-show, The Cabaret Macabre, and live music during dinner.There’s dinner, dancers, magic, belly-dancing, tarot card readings and more. Not for the kiddies, Raven’s Night is for the macabre-loving adults in town.

NSO Family Night: A “Sleepy Hollow”-een 
The Kennedy Center
2700 F St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20566
(202) 467-4600

If you are looking for a Halloween-themed stage performance you can take the kids to, the NSO Family Night: A “Sleepy Hollow-een” is what you are looking for. Like they’ve done in previous years, the NSO has picked a tale or theme and made it their own. Principal Pops Conductor Steven Reineke’s re-imagining will include a narrator, excerpts from “The Phantom of the Opera,” and the orchestra is dressed to kill. Along with the performance, there will be an instrument “petting zoo,” trick-or-treating and surprises. Enjoy this Halloween family tradition.!

Big Band Halloween Scream
3800 The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
College Park, MD 20742
(301) 405-2787

The University of Maryland’s Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center is used for a wide variety of performances and events. For Halloween, the venue plays host to the Big Band Halloween Scream. The UMD Jazz Band, UMD Jazz Ensemble and UMD Jazz Lab Band will perform a thrilling night of music. Listen to some music and support the talented students of the University of Maryland School of Music.

Related: Best Places For Halloween Costumes In Washington, D.C.

L.A. Theatre Works: Dracula
4400 University Drive
Fairfax, VA 22030
(703) 993-2787

An easily recognizable movie monster, the name Dracula has sent shivers down people’s spines. Vampires and werewolves have been scary and objects of ridicule in recent years, with television shows and teen movies. But once upon a time these monsters used to terrify. L.A. Theatre Works brings back one of the original villains for their production of Charles Morley’s adaptation of Dracula for a special Halloween show.

Rocky Horror Picture Show
555 11th St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 783-9494

Certain movies have become synonymous with Halloween, while Rocky Horror Picture Show isn’t exactly Halloween-themed its horror comedy story fits perfectly with the holiday. Since the release of the movie, theater groups and fans have been performing shadow casts, complete with audience participation. The cult following of the musical have kept these shadow casts running for decades. Sonic Transducers puts on a show every month at E Street Cinema, with their special performance on Halloween night. Go dressed and ready to do the Time Warp!

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Folashade Oyegbola is a freelance writer covering all things D.C. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.